Lovie Smith Sees Improvement As OTAs End

Head coach Lovie Smith talks about a team that has improved since the start of OTAs.

With the uncertainty surrounding the absence of veteran lineman Demar Dotson, the team had OTAs to be concerned with. As they wrapped up organized team activities on Thursday, they left the practice fields with some optimism moving forward.

It's hard to judge or project the type of production this Buccaneers team will have. But Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said that he saw improvement as the practices went on.

"We are a lot better. We have gotten a lot better since the first couple of days," Smith said. "We got most of our situations in. New offensive coordinator got our new offensive system in place. Defensive guys, we have seen marked improvement every day. Really feel good about where we are right now. At the same time, we are excited about finishing it up next week."

The Buccaneers begin their three-day minicamps next week before they end this phase of offseason workouts before training camp -- which kicks off at the end of July.

You'll hear and read a lot about several camp battles to watch for. While there are several question marks surrounding the team, the offensive line remains a hot topic. Lineman Patrick Omameh has been seeing a lot of work at right tackle in Dotson's absence and Smith says Omameh has the skills to play the tackle position.

A team improving as practices progress is certainly encouraging. Of course there is no telling how it will translate to Sundays just yet but there seems to be some optimism floating around One Buc place.

That's a start.

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